Well groomed and with a rather chic new bar, the Almeida Theatre turns out thoughtfully crafted theatre for grown-ups. Under artistic director Michael Attenborough it has drawn top directors like Howard Davies and Richard Eyre, and premières from the likes of Stephen Adly Guirgis, though its current output is more of a conservative pleasure than it was in the groundbreaking 1980s. Variously housing reading rooms, a Victorian Music Hall and a Salvation Army Citadel, the Almeida Theatre has had a rich past, but is particularly associated with its now-defunct annual season of new opera commissions, Almeida Opera. These came to an end in 2007, though summers still see a short programme of contemporary opera, music and theatre and Almeida Opera (the company) continues to tour nationally.
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‘Game’ is about as high-concept as mainstream theatre gets, a short, experimental show that’s like a cross between a series of ‘Big Brother’ and Iain Duncan Smith’s wettest dream.Radically reformatting the Almeida, Sacha Wares’s production of Mike Bartlett’s...Wed April 1st 2015 - Sat April 4th 2015Read more
A new play from Simon Stephens is always a bit of an event. His last in London, 'Birdland', was a sell-out hit at the Royal Court while his adaptation of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' continues to be a smash over here and will soon...Fri April 10th 2015 - Sat May 23rd 2015Read more
The Almeida's deliciously ambitious 2015 'Greeks' season gets underway with adaptor-director Robert Icke – he of '1984' fame – having a crack at Aeschylus’s 'Oresteia'. Hilariously, it's not even the only condensed new version of the trilogy on a London...Fri May 29th 2015 - Sat July 18th 2015Read more
Undoubtedly the hottest ticket in a very juicy Almeida season, 'Bakkhai' is Anne Carson's new version of Euripides's frenzied, disturbing tragedy 'The Bacchae'. Ben Whishaw will star as the cruel, capricious god Dionysus, and Bertie Carvel will play Pentheus,...Thu July 23rd 2015 - Sat September 19th 2015Read more